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Cold in Gardez


Stories about ponies are stories about people.

Jan
16th
2022

Against Literalism · 7:01pm January 16th

“I think I see it,” Rainbow Dash whispered. She squeezed as low to the rocks as she could and crawled forward over the tumbled-down ruins of the jungle temple. “It’s just up ahead, in the nave.”

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Dec
31st
2021

Who loves Sci-Fi (Spoiler: It's this guy) · 7:09pm Dec 31st, 2021

So, in the ten years I've been writing pony fan-fiction, I have had a persistent dilemma: I love sci-fi, but the MLP universe is intrinsically a fantasy setting. Many noble stories have bridged that gap, including some of my personal favorites (Kkat's Fallout, Iceman's Friendship is Optimal, and Arad's Stardust, as a small sampling). But except for a few scraps in my short story collections, I've never tried to write a true Science Fiction story myself.

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Dec
11th
2021

Some original fantasy writing · 4:59am Dec 11th, 2021

Normally when I write original fiction, it is strictly fiction – that is to say, not 'genre' fiction (i.e. science fiction, fantasy, etc). But I do love me some fantasy, so when the opportunity came to produce an original piece accompanying a favorite old game world of mine, I could barely pass up the chance. So if fantasy is your jam, you may enjoy this.

More pony stories to follow, I promise.


Meditation on Fire

Part 1: The Mage

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Nov
23rd
2021

Romance Novels · 1:47am Nov 23rd, 2021

“What if,” Spike said, “Ginger Gypsy hadn’t been afraid to confess her love? Would you still hate her so much?”

I frowned. “Hate is a strong word. I never said I hated her.”

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Nov
7th
2021

Back to a more normal posting schedule · 4:55pm Nov 7th, 2021

Hey folks,

I just published a pretty huge chapter in my favorite story, The World is Filled with Monsters. I have a good plan for the rest of the current act, and the rest of the story to follow.

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Sep
26th
2021

That drone strike in Afghanistan... · 5:14pm Sep 26th, 2021

After the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and in particular after the drone strike that killed an aid worker and several family members, a few people reached out to ask about I story I wrote several years ago for the Writeoff original fiction contest. It was, in fact, the first original fiction piece I'd written in years, and it dealt with the (fictional) aftermath of drone strike that went wrong. I had removed it from the Writeoff site, but since enough people have inquired about it, I've decided

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Aug
14th
2021

On Afghanistan · 5:49pm Aug 14th, 2021

So, those of you following the latest from Afghanistan may have seen this item, reported by CNN:

Taliban claim to have captured provincial capital of Gardez

From CNN’s Tim Lister in Spain

The Taliban says it has captured another provincial capital, Gardez, on Saturday. If confirmed, the capture of Gardez — which is the capital of Paktia — would occur as the Taliban advances to the national capital of Kabul.

Afghanistan has 34 provincial capitals.

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Jul
5th
2021

Ten years of Pony · 2:42am Jul 5th, 2021

So, I've been looking forward to this blog post for a long time.

Ten years and two deployments to Afghanistan ago, I ran across an article on Wired about a weird cultural phenomenon -- adult men who loved the children's show My Little Pony. How strange, I thought. And, for a lark, I decided to check it out.

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Apr
3rd
2021

GaPJaxie's Most Amazing Contest! · 1:56pm Apr 3rd, 2021

So I'm a few days late with this, but hopefully everyone has already seen the Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest that my good friend GaPJaxie is hosting for this fandom. He approached me with the idea a few weeks back, with the offer to participate as a judge, and there was no way I could refuse. After all,

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Mar
2nd
2021

Iron Cross, steel magnate, found nationalized in his bed. Was 58 · 10:16pm Mar 2nd, 2021

“You can’t just take control of an entire segment of Equestria’s economy!” Twilight Sparkle protested. “Who said you could do that?”

“Nopony said I couldn’t do it,” Starlight Glimmer countered. “Besides, I did it humanely.”

Twilight stared at her. “What… what does that even mean? How do you humanely nationalize an entire industry?”

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